Brazilian steel producer Gerdau & telecom service provider Embratel have announced an agreement to roll out a dedicated 5G and LTE private network. This is the first project to use 5G in the steel sector in Latin America. The partnership between Gerdau and Embratel aims to create an enabling digital infrastructure for the development of the steel industry of the future. The project developed by Embratel includes the installation of several towers on site to expand the scope of connectivity and automation possibilities, covering more than 8.3 million square meters. Embratel seeks to build an evolving infrastructure that makes it possible to introduce new cutting-edge technologies in a simplified manner. The rollout will take place at the Gerdau industrial plant in Ouro Branco, a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Minas Gerais in south-eastern Brazil.The project is divided into three phases, starting with the installation of a private LTE 4G networks with a total capacity of 256 Mbps. At this stage, the covered area will be larger than the current one, making it possible to increase the scope of Industry 4.0 initiatives already adopted at the unit.In the second phase, there will be a great evolution adding Claro's 5G, in the 3.5 GHz frequency, to the LTE 4G network. With 5G and 4G LTE, the plant will have a much higher capacity, totaling 3.8 Gbps. Ultra-low latency will provide more resiliency, availability and security for the site, as critical applications will not have shared infrastructure with the public network. Supported by the installed IT network and backbone, Gerdau will be able to expand its investments in more advanced multiple devices and machinery, such as autonomous and remote-controlled vehicles, in addition to the technology of digital twins, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.The third phase will involve the densification of the private LTE 4G and 5G network to provide even more combined capacity, reaching 4.8 Gbps, and expanding coverage to the entire operational extent of the plant.The project includes licensed spectrum, without interference, and high security standards, as each connected machine will receive a unique SIMCard to access the network. With this, the authentication of the equipment will be automatic, without the need to use passwords for connection. This feature is critical to mitigating cyber security threats, especially on critical devices, which can pose risks to employees in the event of loss of control.